3 draft picks Packers got right and 2 they will regret

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Packers draft picks they will regret: K Anders Carlson

If the plan is to move on from veteran Mason Crosby, adding a kicker is clearly a need. But after some of the top kickers in the class were taken in the earlier rounds, the Packers didn't necessarily need to draft one. They could've signed an undrafted free agent or looked for a veteran with NFL experience in free agency.

Michigan's Jake Moody was the top-ranked kicker in the draft, and he surprisingly went in the third round to the San Francisco 49ers. Maryland's Chad Ryland went to the New England Patriots in the fourth round.

The Packers drafted Auburn kicker Anders Carlson in the sixth round. Pro Football Focus gave the pick a 'Below Average' grade.

According to PFF: "Carlson carried a field goal grade of just 68.6 in 2022 and was just 45 of 76 (59.2%) on kicks of at least 30 yards in his career."

Not ideal.

The Packers could've waited to find their kicker after the draft and instead drafted a developmental prospect with elite athleticism like Old Dominion tight end Zack Kuntz, who went early in the seventh round to the New York Jets. Even after drafting two tight ends, Kuntz would've been an exciting prospect to develop.

If Carlson becomes the Packers' next long-term kicker, it will be a good pick. But that's far from a guarantee.

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